Become a Diversity Ambassador!

The UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, are seeking passionate and self-aware UMKC students who have a demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity, and equity, to apply for the Diversity Ambassador Program! Students chosen for this rewarding initiative will become trained facilitators of diversity peer education and intergroup dialogues. Each Ambassador will lead, support, and organize Diversity and Inclusion trainings and special events, with the opportunity to meet and collaborate with UMKC Staff, Faculty and Community Constituents and represent the student voice, within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. The Diversity Ambassadors are always representing the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, and the UMKC campus as a whole. These students will gain valuable interpersonal communication, facilitator, and leadership skills, as well as the opportunity to build community and relationships across the UMKC community.

Qualifications:

  • The Diversity Ambassador Program is eligible to any UMKC student after completion of their first year with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
    • Diversity Ambassadors who fall below a 2.5 must be in communication with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion Staff to make an academic success plan to raise their GPA
    • Diversity Ambassadors with GPAs below a 2.0 may be considered ineligible for the position
  • Attend mandatory three-day training on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday –  August 14 – 16, 2019
    • Students who have contracted to live on campus with Residence Life for the fall semester will be able to move in on the morning of Wednesday, August 14th.
    • Students must be prepared to attend training at 1 pm August 14th
  • Attend mandatory  monthly team meetings (specific dates to be determined)
  • Attend monthly 1:1 meetings with supervisor
  • Lead, support, or organize a minimum of three special events throughout the year such as conferences, lectures, and other large-scale initiatives
  • Co-facilitate a minimum of three trainings per semester (six for the academic year, minimum)
  • Maintain high communication with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion staff
  • Commit to the role of Diversity Ambassador for one full Academic Year (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters)
  • Must maintain good standing with the University
  • Positively represent UMKC and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at all times
Benefits:
  • Gain skills, awareness, and knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Develop leadership, communication, facilitation, and organizing skills
  • $1,200 total stipend for the year –  payment of $600 upon the completion of each successful semester
**This role is contingent on funding for the Diversity Ambassador Initiative for the 2019-2020 school year

Trainings:

Trainings are available for UMKC students, student organizations and classes.

  • Embrace Diversity
  • The Science and Impact of Unconscious Bias
  • Understanding Our Privilege and Its Impact
  • Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World

We are also able to customize to meet the needs of students. For more information on how to become a diversity ambassador OR if you would like to schedule a training or dialogue session for your group, please contact Lona Davenport  (davenportlm@umkc.edu or 816-235-6510).